Ball State University Director of Athletics Mark Sandy announced Tuesday that head women’s basketball coach Brady Sallee has signed a contract extension. This marks the third time in four years that Sallee has been awarded a contract extension the last time was in 2015.
“I am thankful for President Mearns, Director of Athletics Mark Sandy and all of our administration for their support and commitment to women’s basketball at Ball State University,” said Sallee. “My family and I are excited to call Muncie home and to continue our small part of making Ball State the special place it is. I look forward to the future of our women’s basketball program and the continued success of the players that are proud to wear Cardinal and White!”
Last season, the Cardinals made their fifth straight appearance in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament and finished the year with a 21-10 record, marking only the sixth time in program history Ball State has had 20-plus wins in a season. Sallee, who enters his sixth year at the helm of the women’s program, became only the second coach in program history to accomplish back-to-back 20-plus win seasons — 2015-16 (22-10) and 2016-17 (21-10). In 2016-17, the Cardinals made their 27th appearance in the MAC Tournament as the second seed, punching their ticket straight to Cleveland for the fourth time under Sallee.
“Brady has built an impressive program,” said Sandy. “We are proud of the accomplishments of his team and look forward to him serving as our head coach for many years to come.”
During his 13 years as a head coach at Ball State and Eastern Illinois, Sallee has recruited and coached, three freshman of the years, two defensive player of the years, two sixth man of the years, one player of the year, (26) all-conference selections, and three all-time leading scorers.
Sallee has amassed a 231-183 career coaching record, including his eight years as the head basketball coach at Eastern Illinois. Sallee currently owns a 95-68 ledger at Ball State.Ball State Brady Sallee MAC